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artists' books; altered book; Stacked & Altered exhibition, summer 2022


367 pages : color illus. ; 18 cm. "After its first publication in book form in 1980, 'A Humument' rapidly became a cult classic. This new revised edition incorporates over fifty entirely new pages."--inside front cover. Gift of the RISD Museum. "A Humument has been a work in progress since 1966 when artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. The book he found was an 1892 Victorian obscurity A Human Document by W.H. Mallock and Phillips transformed it into A Humument. The first version was printed by the Tetrad press in 1973, and Phillips has continued to transform it, revise it and develop it ever since." -- Artist website ( Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections exhibition Stacked & Altered, summer 2022.

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1987.


© New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1987.

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alteration (process and technique); collage (technique); painting and painting techniques; paper


18 cm

A Humument



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